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Eclipse vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?
Eclipse and Visual Studio Code are both popular Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) used by developers for coding, debugging, and building applications. Here are some of the key differences between Eclipse and Visual Studio Code:
User Interface: Eclipse has a more complicated and cluttered user interface compared to Visual Studio Code. Visual Studio Code has a cleaner and more user-friendly interface that is easier to navigate.
Plug-in and Extension Ecosystem: Eclipse has a vast number of plug-ins and extensions available for developers. However, Visual Studio Code has a larger and more active ecosystem of extensions and plug-ins that are constantly being updated.
Debugging: Both Eclipse and Visual Studio Code have robust debugging capabilities. However, Visual Studio Code's debugging features are generally considered to be more user-friendly and easier to set up.
Performance: Visual Studio Code is generally considered to be faster and more lightweight than Eclipse. This is because Eclipse is built on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and has a heavier memory footprint.
Community Support: Eclipse has a large and active community of developers, but Visual Studio Code's community is even larger and more active. As a result, developers using Visual Studio Code have access to more resources.
In summary, Eclipse has a broad range of language support and is highly customizable, but can be resource-intensive and has a steeper learning curve. VS Code is lightweight, fast, and has an intuitive user interface with a large and growing extension ecosystem, but has fewer advanced features compared to Eclipse and limited support for legacy languages.
UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.
Pycharm is great for python development, but can feel sometimes slow and community version has Somme very annoying restrictions (like they disabled jupyter notebooks plugin and made it premium feature). I personally started looking into VS Code as an alternative, and it has some very good potential. I suggest you take it into account.
The Community version of PyCharm is free and should give you what you need to get started with Python. Both PyCharm and IntelliJ are made by JetBrains. IntelliJ is initially focused on Java but you can get plugins for lots of other things. I subscribe to JetBrains' Toolbox: https://www.jetbrains.com/toolbox-app/ and have access to all of their great tools.
Hi, I will give my opinion based on my experience. I have used PyCharm, both community and Professional version. The community has limited functions, like you can't use a Jupyter notebook whereas it's available in the Professional version. PyCharm is slower compared to Visual Studio Code. Also Visual Studio Code is an editor which supports various languages. I myself have used both Visual Studio Code and PyCharm. I feel Visual Studio Code would be better choice. You may as well decide based upon your requirements.
Visual Studio code is easy to use, has a good UI, and a large community. Python works great with it, but unlike some other editors, it works with most languages either by default or by downloading a plugin. VS Code has built in linting, syntax coloring, autocompletes (IntelliSense), and an api for plugins to do there own tooling.
If you starting with Python then PyCharm is better. For Java I would suggest to go with IntelliJ IDEA but people also prefer eclipse so I would say try both and then decide. For JS/Angular/React I would suggest go with VSCode. I personally use it and prefer as its light weight and have good integration with chrome for frontend development.
PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA are both products of JetBrains. They have a free (limited feature) and paid edition. Eclipse is free. VSCode is also free.
This is a very easy to use tool and gives you the opportunity to start coding right after the installation with almost everything setup automatically by the tool.
All three are great, however, I believe that IntelliJ IDEA's multiple IDE's are slightly more straight-forward and more up-to date than Eclipse. If I had to choose one specifically for Python projects I would go with PyCharm.
Easy to learn and everything you need
Pycharm is all you need to get start coding in python or any of its framework. Its an awesome tool you should give it a try :)
Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.
Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.
I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.
I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!
Pros of Eclipse
- Does it all131
- Integrates with most of tools76
- Easy to use64
- Java IDE63
- Best Java IDE32
- Open source9
- Hard for newbews3
- Great gdb integration2
- Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit2
- True open source with huge contribution2
- Great code suggestions2
- Works with php0
Pros of Visual Studio Code
- Powerful multilanguage IDE336
- Front-end develop out of the box193
- Support TypeScript IntelliSense158
- Very basic but free142
- Git integration125
- Faster than Atom77
- Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration53
- Great Refactoring Tools44
- Good Plugins43
- Superb markdown support37
- Open Source36
- Large & up-to-date extension community26
- Awesome UI26
- Powerful and fast23
- Best code editor18
- Best editor17
- Easy to get started with16
- Built on Electron15
- Good for begginers15
- Lots of extensions15
- Extensions for everything14
- All Languages Support14
- Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates14
- Easy to use and learn13
- "fast, stable & easy to use"12
- Git out of the box11
- Useful for begginer11
- Ui design is great11
- Faster edit for slow computer11
- Totally customizable11
- Great community10
- Fast Startup9
- Powerful Debugger9
- Great language support9
- It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it9
- SSH support9
- Works With Almost EveryThing You Need9
- Can compile and run .py files8
- Python extension is fast8
- Great document formater7
- Features rich7
- Awesome multi cursor support6
- She is not Rachel6
- He is not Michael6
- VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn5
- Extension Echosystem5
- Very proffesional5
- Language server client5
- Easy azure5
- SFTP Workspace5
- Has better support and more extentions for debugging4
- Excellent as git difftool and mergetool4
- Virtualenv integration4
- More tools to integrate with vs3
- Better autocompletes than Atom3
- Emmet preinstalled3
- Has more than enough languages for any developer3
- Supports lots of operating systems3
- 'batteries included'3
- Fast and ruby is built right in2
- VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code2
- CMake support with autocomplete2
- Big extension marketplace1
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Cons of Eclipse
- 2000 Design14
- Bad performance9
- Hard to use4
Cons of Visual Studio Code
- Slow startup45
- Resource hog at times28
- Poor refactoring20
- Poor UI Designer13
- Weak Ui design tools11
- Poor autocomplete10
- Microsoft sends telemetry data8
- Poor in PHP7
- Huge cpu usage with few installed extension7
- Super Slow7
- It's MicroSoft5
- No built in live Preview3
- No Built in Browser Preview3
- Poor in Python3
- No color Intergrator3
- Very basic for java development and buggy at times3
- Powered by Electron2
- Bad Plugin Architecture2
- Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes1
- Slow C++ Language Server1